How We
Can Help

We help companies to identify their optimal business location and implement their relocation or expansion project as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Our team benefits from experience working with businesses of all sizes, across all industry sectors and from international locations including the US, Asia, Europe and the UK.

Our services are free-of-charge, bespoke and confidential, delivered both directly and through our network of approved business partners.

Our experienced finance professionals can provide free impartial consultancy to help your business find tailor-made funding solutions.

Funding and finance

Through our network of business partners we can broker access to a wide range of business funding solutions including...

  • Bank loans
  • Venture capital finance
  • Government grants and incentives
  • An assessment of available grant funding for your business and introduce you to our network of grant funders
  • Alternative commercial finance to both new and established businesses

For more information on our funding and finance solutions please email business.support@investessex.co.uk

Support for
expanding businesses

Working with our business partners, we deliver a ‘total solution’ that can guide and support you through every stage of your business relocation or expansion, from location assessment and business planning to project completion – helping you get ready to do business.

Our range of support services includes, but is not limited to . . .

  • Understanding the UK business and regulatory environment
  • Evaluating and selecting your ideal business location and property/site
  • Setting up and business planning your UK operation (financial and legal advice)
  • Identifying potential sources of business funding
  • Building your local supply chain and business networks
  • Recruiting and training your high-quality workforce
  • Accessing university knowledge and research/development expertise

SME business support

The Let’s Do Business Group supports established businesses with its team of experienced business advisors offering business support and consultancy services across Essex.

Whether you are looking for one-off business advice, to resolve a specific business issue, or, in-depth and ongoing business consultancy to develop a great business idea our team of highly experienced business advisors will work with you to understand your business issues and ideas, help you formulate a SMART action plan and will walk alongside you through the process.

To find out how our Business Consultants and Advisors could help you and your business achieve your business ambitions contact Dave Watson on 07526 171257 or email business.support@investessex.co.uk.

Business
Research

Working with our business partners, we deliver a 'total solution' that can guide and support you through every stage of your site selection or expansion. Our range of specialist services includes, but is not limited to...

  • Evaluating and selecting your ideal business location and property/site
  • Setting up and business planning your UK operation (financial and legal advice)
  • Building your UK supply chain and business networks
  • Accessing university knowledge and research/development expertise
  • Identifying potential sources of business finance
  • Understanding the UK business and regulatory environment

INVEST Essex helps companies maximise the commercial opportunities of a business location on the doorstep of London and Cambridge and with excellent access to Europe.

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search

Our property portfolio contains the most up to date listings of all the properties within our geography. Comprehensive information about each property in our property database can be downloaded or searched at the click of a button.

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David Rooke
David Rooke

Location Services Director

+44 (0) 7989 380435

Biography

In a career spanning over 30 years David’s experience includes large-scale factory management and 17 years in inward investment. David has worked with a wide range of major corporates and organisations in the UK and overseas, advising on inward investment projects, business relocations, expansion and consolidation projects.

Simon Papworth
Simon Papworth

Inward Investment Manager (High-Technology Cluster)

+44 (0) 7515 199255

Biography

Simon has worked in inward investment for the last four years, building a wide network of trusted business connections, working on a variety of successful projects in the advanced manufacturing sector. Prior to this, Simon spent 7 years advising business owners and entrepreneurs, with a focus on bringing innovative products to market.

Corinne Hearne
Corinne Hearne

Inward Investment Manager (London-Essex UK Finance Corridor)

+44 (0) 7702 900667

Biography

With over 25 years’ experience in the Financial Services and Global Relocation industries, Corinne has developed an extensive, specialist, commercial network and has successfully supported projects focused on the strategic development and growth of both overseas and UK companies in business, professional and financial services sectors.

Robert Edge
Robert Edge

Inward Investment Manager (UK Multimodal Gateway:Essex)

+44 (0) 7740 179497

Biography

Following a ten year career with a major Colchester freight forwarder shipping everything from confectionery to oxygen plants, Robert has spent almost 15 years in inward investment promotion. Having had experience in China, India and the Middle East, Robert leads on the logistics and renewables sector.

Dave Russell-Graham
Dave Russell-Graham

Inward Investment Manager (Life Sciences)

+44 (0) 7881 310776

Biography

With over 30 years’ experience in the life sciences and healthcare sector Dave has an extensive range of contacts in the industry as well as experience in pharmaceutical development through to facility refurbishment and fit out. Dave’s work has predominantly been with major pharmaceutical companies, and in 2011 he was a key player in the deal between Pfizer and Mylan for Pfizer’s respiratory technology platform. More recently he has worked as the Scientific Development Advisor for Harlow Science Park.

Dave Watson ACIB
Dave Watson ACIB

Essex SME Business Manager

07526 171257

Biography

With over 25 years Corporate Banking experience across start-up, growth and turnaround businesses alongside Client Strategy Consultancy for NatWest Commercial across East Anglia Dave has a wealth of expertise and contacts within the Essex SME market. The last 4 years Dave has worked with a significant number of SMEs providing hands on support to “make things happen” and specialises in finding funding solutions. Most recently, Dave has supported Prospects College of Advanced Technology and TfL to successfully relaunch the Tunnelling and Underground Construction Academy in East London.